St. Johns County
Citizens for a New Tree Ordinance
County staff draft proposals (as of the May 7, 2019 Board of County Commissioners Meeting:
1. The ability for developers to designate an OPTIONAL “Tree Preservation Tract” of at least 20% upland on their property in exchange for DOUBLE the density of that preservation tract to be added on to their remaining developable area.
At first the preservation tract was required to be in addition to any pre-existing open space requirements in the LDC. Then the staff changed it to allow open space areas that were already required by the LDC to count toward that preservation tract…so basically developers get a density bonus for lumping open spaces that they were already required to preserve in the current land development code.
2. Minor changes to the size of certain tree species that would still allow them to be cut down but would require larger payments to the "tree mitigation fund".